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George Benjamin Luks
Portrait of a Woman
c. 1920
oil on paperboard
Canvas: 31 1/2 × 26 1/2 inches (80 × 67.3 cm)Framed: 37 9/16 × 32 11/16 × 2 1/8 inches (95.4 × 83 × 5.4 cm)
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Museum purchase.
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Brash and independent are attributes often ascribed to George Luks and to his art. Though he was highly regarded by colleagues for his virtuoso mastery as a painter, his work often drew a mixed reception from critics and the public, who criticized it for its rough subject matter and unrefined technique. Luks was a member of the group of artists who rebelled against the National Academy of Design in 1907 and came to be known as “The Eight.” Although his reputation is largely defined by his images of gritty urban genre and figurative themes, Luks also executed numerous landscapes and portraits of sophisticated, privileged women, like the model seen in this painting.